Beekeeping is an under-rated agriculture branch in Tanzania, with tremendous growth potential. The beekeeping sector is still a virgin industry for rewarding investment. It is currently being handled by individual beekeepers that lack both adequate finances and appropriate beekeeping skills. There is no organized marketing system for both local and foreign markets to encourage the development and expansion of the industry.
Country’s Potential: Tanzania has the potential of exporting more than 5,000 tons of honey and all of its beeswax produced. More than 90% of honey produced in the country is consumed in the country as food, mainly for making refreshment and medicine with only 5% of honey being exported.
Our current practice at Jagrin:
We installed 130 ordinary bee houses in 2015 which has provided us with initial harvest of 40kgs of honey in October 2016.
Due to extensive research and experience from our current beekeeping practices, we have decided to adopt the state of the art beekeeping which will lead us to harvest 4 bee products namely, honey, wax, bee pollen, and bee propolis, targeting the export market.
Honey from Jagrin’s bee hives
Problem addressed by Jagrin in involvement on the planned level of bee keeping:
1. Unleash the potential of bee keeping in employment creation, poverty reduction, and foreign currency earnings for the country;
2. We are determined to be a catalyst of change for renaissance of this under-rated agriculture branch in Tanzania and Africa in general, which has tremendous growth potential.
Expansion & modernisation plans:
- To open a bee keeping farm in a 5 acres’ land near Iwalanje natural forest using the Langstroth Bee Hives (pictured below). We will start with construction and installation of 10 bee houses with 650 bee hives;
- To establish a honey processing and packaging facility for processing and packaging of honey for export market, after attaining optimal harvests.
- To buy honey from smallholder beekeepers for processing in our facility for export market.
The 650-langstroth bee hives are expected to produce 19,000 Kgs of honey (19 tons) per annum.